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Ozzie Guillen not counting on Carlos Quentin

CHICAGO -- A couple days after suggesting that Carlos Quentin may return this weekend, Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen sounded a little more pessimistic about his injured right fielder's progress.

"Carlos keeps swinging, I don't think he's going to be ready anytime soon," Guillen said. "I don't hear the right things about his process. He's hit for the last couple of days, but I think the things I got from (hitting coach Greg Walker) weren't the right answers. We'll wait and see how it is day-to-day and how that works."

Quentin was retroactively placed on the DL on Aug. 21 with a sprained left shoulder. He has been taking swings in the batting cages prior to games all week, but clearly hasn't gotten to the point that the team feels comfortable putting him back in the lineup.


Guillen said that he would not handle Quentin's injury differently just because the White Sox, who are 8 1/2 games behind the first-place Detroit Tigers before Friday's game, are falling out of the playoff race. Quentin, an All-Star this season, is hitting .255 with 24 home runs in 117 games.

Guillen is now without the player who helped absorb the loss of Quentin after Brent Lillibridge broke a bone in his hand during Thursday's game against the Indians.

"This kid can resolve a lot of my problems, especially right now when Quentin's out," Guillen said. "We need some help at the DH spot and first base, pinch-running. It's a funny thing about this game, you don't know how much you appreciate a player until you don't have him. But that's the way it is."

Guillen added that due to his solid performance this season, Lillibridge will at least have the benefit of coming to spring training next year knowing that he will have spot on the White Sox roster. However, Guillen was unsure if Lillibridge would be able to handle an everyday spot.

"He's got to show people (that he can play ever day)," Guillen said. "He did it in the minor leagues. But it's a big difference between minor and big leagues. If opportunities come for him, I hope he takes it. I hope he shows people he can, I never say he can't. We never put him in that position to be an everyday player."

Lillibridge called the break a 'best-case scenario' as the injury does not require surgery. He is expected to be in a hard cast for two to three weeks and a soft cast for another two weeks after that.

"I won't be swinging until late November anyway," Lillibridge said. "Having it happen at the end of the year, I'm happy it wasn't in June trying to come back. If it was going to happen, it happened at this time, and I appreciate it. Obviously, I wish I was finishing and having some fun out there still."

Lillibridge, who hit a total of three home runs over his previous three seasons, a combined 273 at-bats, belted 13 homers in only 186 at-bats this season.

Sahadev Sharma is a regular contributor for ESPNChicago.com.